Monday, June 29, 2015

Air Defense Missile System S-400

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Anti-aircraft defense in Kamchatka will be reinforced with new S-400 Triumf systems, the Ministry of Defense said Friday.

“They acquired new military hardware there – air defense missile system S-400, which in the near future will be delivered to the anti-aircraft division in northeast Russia,” Pacific Fleet spokesman Roman Martov said.

Several months ago combat units from the Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky air defense missile division underwent successful training at the Air Force Training center in Gatchina, Leningrad Region.
The S-400 is a new generation system of medium and long-range air defense, capable of destroying all modern air weaponry, including tactical and strategic airplanes, ballistic missiles and hypersonic targets.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Army Vehicle Defence Forces

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Monday, April 20, 2015

F-22 and F-35 Integrated Training

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Four F-22A Raptors from Joint Base Langley Eustis, which hosts Raptors of the 1st and 192nd Fighter Wings, deployed to Eglin Air Force Base to conduct integrated training with 58th Fighter Squadron F-35As early this month. The 58th Fighter Squadron “Mighty Gorillas” is the Air Force squadron of the three squadrons within the 33rd Fighter Wing, which is responsible for training Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps pilots on the three variants of the F-35. The Marine Corps’ VMFAT-501 “Warlords” is the F-35B training squadron in the wing, and the Navy’s VFA-101 “Grim Reapers” is an F-35C squadron training naval aviators.

The teamed aircraft flew interdiction, offensive counter-air, and defensive counter-air missions to gain experience in operating together and learn the complementary capabilities of the two aircraft in flying these missions.

From the very beginning of the protracted development of the two Air Force aircraft, they were intended to operate together, leveraging their stealth and sensor fusion capabilities to outclass all other existing aircraft and penetrate advanced integrated air defense systems. Now, as the F-35A approaches initial operating capability, the Air Force is beginning to work up the aircraft to bring initial concepts of operation to fruition, in operations with both fourth- and fifth-generation aircraft.

U.S. Army Explores Combined Active Protection System

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In a recently released request for information (RFI), the U.S. Army has expressed interest in identifying potential sources for development of a combined Active Protection System (APS) and Hostile Fire Detection (HFD) system capability that could potentially be applied to future tactical and combat ground vehicles. The Oct. 2 request was made on behalf of the Army’s Program Management Office Ground Combat Vehicle, Product Manager Requirements, Management and Analysis.

Merkava MK IV Tank Mounts The Trophy APS

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The Trophy Active Protection System (APS) has seen combat with the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). This IDF Merkava MK IV tank mounts the Trophy APS. Israel Defense Forces photo

Rafael Trophy APS2

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Rafael Advanced Defense Systems is exploring fitting the Trophy Active Protection System (APS) on tactical ground vehicles, something the U.S. Army might desire for future tactical vehicles. Rafael Advanced Defense Systems photo

Monday, May 5, 2014

AS-90 Braveheart 155mm Self-Propelled Howitzer

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The AS-90 (acronym for: Artillery System for the 1990s, known officially as: Gun Equipment 155 mm L131) is a lightly armoured self-propelled artillery piece used by the British Army.

The AS-90 was first deployed by the British Army in 1993.[1] 179 AS-90s were acquired to re-equip six of the eight self-propelled field artillery regiments (each 24 guns) in the 1 (BR) Corps, replacing the 105 mm FV433 Abbot SPG and older M109 155 mm Self Propelled Gun. It remains in UK service and will equip three field regiments supporting armoured infantry brigades for the foreseeable future.

AS-90 was designed and built by the Armaments division of Vickers Shipbuilding and Engineering (VSEL), whose parent company became BAE Systems in 1999. VSEL provided 179 vehicles between 1992 and 1995 at a cost of £300 million ($480 million USD).

The AS-90 underwent a capability enhancement program in 2008 and 2009, primarily relating to upgrades of the AS-90's electronic system.

In 1999, Marconi Electronic Systems was contracted to upgrade British Army AS-90s to include a 52 calibre gun in order to increase the range of the artillery.[2] Critical to the program was a bi-modular charge system from Somchem of South Africa (selected after extensive trials of ammunition from many suppliers), which offered greatly reduced barrel wear. However, this ammunition failed to meet the requirement for insensitive munitions and the project was terminated. more

M109 Howitzer Main Battle Tank

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The M109 is an American-made self-propelled 155 mm howitzer, first introduced in the early 1960s. It wasupgraded a number of times to today's M109A6 Paladin. The M109 family is the most common Western indirect-fire support weapon of maneuver brigades of armored and mechanized infantry divisions.

 The M109 has a crew of six: the section chief, the driver, the gunner, the assistant gunner and two ammunition handlers. The gunner aims the cannon left or right (deflection), the assistant gunner aims the cannon up and down (quadrant). The M109A6 Paladin needs only a crew of four: the commander, driver, gunner and ammunition loader. The British Army replaced its M109s with the AS-90. Several European armed forces have or are currently replacing older M109s with the German PzH 2000. Upgrades to the 

M109 were introduced by the U.S. (see variants below) and by Switzerland (KAWEST). With the cancellation of the U.S. Crusader, the Paladin remains the principal self-propelled howitzer for the U.S. for the foreseeable future.

Russia Missile Systems Deliveries - Rosoboronexport

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No agreements exist on the delivery of Russian Antey-2500 surface-to-air missile systems in replacement of the S-300 missile systems, said Anatoly Isaikin, general director of the Russian state arms trader Rosoboronexport.

"It is difficult to say anything. I would be able to talk about this if agreements had been or will be signed. There are none for now," Isaikin said when asked whether Antey-2500 systems could be delivered to Iran in replacement of S-300 systems. Iranian Ambassador to Russia Mahmoud Reza Sajjadi said at the end of July that Antey-2500 systems' deliveries to Iran in replacement of S-300s could be discussed in the context of Tehran's suit against Russia. "We are in talks to weight options in the context of Iran's suit. The issue [of Antey-2500 systems' deliveries in replacement of S-300s] could be raised," the Iranian ambassador told journalists then.

Sajjadi told Interfax in June that Iran would withdraw its suit from the Geneva arbitration court over Russia's failure to deliver S-300 missile systems, if Russia honors the corresponding contract. Moscow and Tehran signed a contract for the delivery of S-300 systems in 2007. Israel and the United States protested against the implementation of this contract.

The UN Security Council adopted a fourth resolution spelling out sanctions against Iran in June 2010. It imposed the first ever curb on conventional weapons deliveries to Tehran, including missiles and missile systems, tanks, assault helicopters, warplanes and warships. Russia said that the sanctions covered the contract with Tehran for the delivery of S-300 missile systems, developed and made by Almaz-Antey Concern.

Dmitry Medvedev, the then president, signed a decree on September 22 2010 on the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1929 of June 9 2010 and Russia annulled the S-300 contacts with Tehran on October 7. Iran filed a $4 billion suit with the Geneva international arbitration court against Rosoboronexport protesting the failure of the S-300 contract.

Voice of Russia, Interfax

Chinook Helicopter Drop Ferrari

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Over the next few weeks, some 200 handpicked journalists from all over the world will have the opportunity to try out Ferrari’s latest creation, the new FF sports car. Usually, a Ferrari presentation of this kind would take place at a race circuit, but not this time as Maranello chose the Plan De Corones ski resort in Italy to tout its new four-seater model’s all-wheel drive capabilities.

Being that the ski resort can only be reached by ski-lifts, Ferrari commissioned the help of the Italian air force to transport the two press cars at the top of Plan De Corones at 2,350 metres. A CH-47 Chinook transport helicopter from Viterbo’s 1st Regiment Antares and three Agusta 205 helicopters from the 4th Regiment Altair from the Italian air force in Bolzano, assisted Ferrari in moving the cars to the Dolomites. You can watch the air-lift in the video after the break.

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Hand Gun P22 Design

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The .22 rimfire handgun will never look the same. The P22 changed everything. Walther adapted the tactical styling and Performance Design concepts from our centerfire handguns and applied them to the .22 L.R. This created a new movement in the design of contemporary rimfire handguns and an explosion of imitators. As a stylish, fun gun to own, the P22 is at home on the shooting range, around the camp or in a museum of modern art. More Hand Gun P22 Design

Battle Tank Drives Off The ROKN Amphibious Ship

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A Republic of Korea Type 88 K1 main battle tank drives off the ROKN amphibious ship Sung In Bong (LST 685) onto Pohang Beach, Korea. Image courtesy of U.S. Air Force, by Staff Sgt. D. Myles Cullen.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Black Hawk Military Machine Gun

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The Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk is a four-bladed, twin-engine, medium-lift utility helicopter manufactured by Sikorsky Aircraft. Sikorsky submitted the S-70 design for the United States Army's Utility Tactical Transport Aircraft System (UTTAS) competition in 1972. The Army designated the prototype as the YUH-60A and selected the Black Hawk as the winner of the program in 1976, after a fly-off competition with the Boeing Vertol YUH-61.
The UH-60A entered service with the U.S. Army in 1979, to replace the Bell UH-1 Iroquois as the Army's tactical transport helicopter. This was followed by the fielding of electronic warfare and special operations variants of the Black Hawk. Improved UH-60L and UH-60M utility variants have also been developed. Modified versions have also been developed for the U.S. Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard. In addition to U.S. Army use, the UH-60 family has been exported to several nations. Black Hawks have served in combat during conflicts in Grenada, Panama, Iraq, Somalia, the Balkans, Afghanistan, and other areas in the Middle East.

Military Coast Guard

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Military Coast Guard A military is an organization authorized by its greater society or the state to use lethal force, usually including use of weapons, in defending its country or state institutions by combating actual or perceived threats. The military may have additional functions of use to its greater society, such as advancing a political agenda e.g. military junta, supporting or promoting economic expansion through imperialism, and as a form of internal social control. As an adjective the term "military" is also used to refer to any property or aspect of a military. Militaries often function as societies within societies, by having their own military communities.
The profession of soldiering as part of a military is older than recorded history itself. Some of the most enduring images of the classical antiquity portray the power and feats of its military leaders. The Battle of Kadesh in 1274 BC was one of the defining points of Pharaoh Ramesses II's reign and is celebrated in bas-relief on his monuments. A thousand years later the first emperor of unified China, Qin Shi Huang, was so determined to impress the gods with his military might that he was buried with an army of terracotta soldiers.[1] The Romans were dedicated to military matters, leaving to posterity many treatises and writings as well as a large number of lavishly carved triumphal arches and victory columns.

TOS-1A In Exercise Parade Tank

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TOS-1A In Exercise Parade TankTOS-1 (Russian: ТОС-1 - тяжёлая огнемётная система, English: Heavy Flame Thrower System) is a Soviet 220mm 30-barrel (original system, Ob.634 or TOS-1M) or 24-barrel (Ob.634B or TOS-1A) multiple rocket launcher and thermobaric weapon mounted on a T-72 tank chassis. TOS-1 was designed for defeating enemy personnel in fortifications, in open country, and in lightly armoured vehicles and transport. First combat tests took place in 1988-1989 in the Panjshir Valley during the Soviet war in Afghanistan. The TOS-1 was shown for the first time in public in 1999 in Omsk.

Angara Rocket Mock-Up Installed On The Launch Pad

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Angara Rocket Mock-Up Installed on the Launch Pad RIA Novosti – A full-scale mock-up of Russia’s first large post-Soviet rocket has been rolled out to a launch pad at the Plesetsk space center.
The mock-up of the Angara, built by the Khrunichev aerospace research and production center, will be used to test ground support systems ahead of the maiden launch of the vehicle scheduled for later this year.
The Angara is expected to launch both government and commercial satellites either as a single rocket or in several configurations of booster stages clustered together for heavier payloads.
The modular launcher will be able to cover a wide range of payload classes now served by rockets built by a number of Russian manufacturers, including the Proton, the country’s largest booster.
The engine developed for the Angara will burn kerosene and liquid oxygen, which is deemed by an order of magnitude more environmentally friendly than the toxic hydrazine used in the Proton.
The environmental impact of that rocket has soured relations between Russia and Kazakhstan, which leases the Baikonur space center to Russia for $115 million per year.
Russia is building a launch complex for the Angara at the country’s new Vostochny space center in the Far East to reduce dependence on Kazakhstan for space launches.
The Angara will complement the country’s venerable Soyuz manned rocket, currently the only vehicle in the world capable of launching astronauts to the International Space Station.
Last month, Oleg Ostapenko, the head of Russia’s space agency Roscosmos, said that a decision would be made in the near future about building a new super-heavy rocket that would be, in its expanded form, the largest in world history.
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